“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power…to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies…” (Qur’an 8:60).
“Militants hack off noses, tongues,” from Reuters, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
SUSPECTED Islamist militants killed a villager in Indian Kashmir by slitting his throat and cut off the tongues and noses of four others, accusing them of being police informers, authorities said today.
The attackers also beat up seven other villagers and set several houses ablaze late on Wednesday in a remote village near Mahore town, 65 km north-east of Jammu city, the Indian state’s winter capital.
“It is a mountainous village and it takes six hours on foot to reach there from the nearest road link,” said a police officer.
“These foreign militants are ruthless,” he said, referring to guerrillas India say are Islamists who cross into its part of Kashmir from Pakistan, and sometimes even Afghanistan.
Villagers in the area said the attackers were probably acting out of revenge, suspecting the locals of informing the police about the presence of a militant who was killed in the area in April.
Elsewhere in the region, a civilian was killed and five others, including three policemen, were wounded today when suspected militants fired at a police patrol near a mosque in Bandipur town, north of Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital.
“The police party was attacked after it had attended Friday prayers,” a police spokesman said….
More than 45,000 people have been killed since a separatist revolt broke out in 1989 in Jammu and Kashmir, mainly Hindu India’s only Muslim-majority state which is also claimed by Pakistan.